NPQEL – Delivery

NPQEL Residential

Rookery Hall Hotel and Crewe Hall Hotel







“Fantastic couple of days – we were worked hard and I was exhausted by bedtime on day one, however I feel like I have learnt lots and had a fantastic experience. Hotel rooms and food were lovely as were refreshments. Speakers were great and very thought-provoking – a really worthwhile experience and thoroughly enjoyed.”   

Rhian Williams, Executive Principal, Merseyside

“One of the best training experiences I have received.”     

Richard Lane, CEO Mercia Primary Academy Trust

At the Alliance of Leading Learning we are intent on investing fully in your professional learning. We want to ensure you have a quality experience and the time to focus solely on your leadership learning without the distractions of the day job.  We understand that some delegates are anxious about 2 days away from school and also family commitments – but all feedback has confirmed such anxieties were surpassed by the deep learning achieved through investing this time.

*Please do contact us at with any personal issues you have with regards to the residential and we will always do our best to find a resolution.

Our residentials are held at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa near Nantwich.  We use high quality hotels that are equidistant for our delegates from the North West and West Midlands.  Rookery Hall Hotel sits a short distance from Crewe mainline train station (one and half hours from the centre of London by train).


Application process  – 

Gateway for applications remains open until Friday 16th October 2020

Please register to be sent an application form.  *Please be aware the application form needs you to invest quality time to evidence you hit the success criteria. You also need to ensure your sponsor has time to verify each section of your application and you need to plan for this.

As you will be aware, we are renowned for the active facilitation of our programmes and we strongly advocate F2F  learning. This is particularly important for high profile programmes such as NPQEL where the networking opportunity and the investment in time away from work is paramount to really embedding the learning. We are therefore actively planning for our gold standard residential experiences to take place for our NPQEL. However, rest assured should restrictions remain in place for conferences we will continue delivery of the NPQEL on line.

*Those of you in high risk groups and working from home for the foreseeable future will be supported in accessing the NPQEL virtually and continuing to move your professional learning forward.



SCHOLARSHIP Update September 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has communicated that scholarships funding is now currently exceeding budgets available so that funding may not now be available for all programmes commencing before the 31st March 2021.  Currently, the DfE are only guaranteeing scholarships for participants who commenced their NPQ programmes with us before the 31st July 2020.

Please do watch for further notifications on this website regarding scholarship funding as we anticipate there will be a new round of scholarship funding announced by the DfE

The current NPQ scholarship eligibility funding criteria for state-maintained schools in England is:

  1. All schools that are in a category 5 or 6 area.
  2. All schools that are part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has a footprint (at least one school) in a category 5 or 6 area.
  3. All schools that are part of a Diocese which has a footprint (at least one school) in a category 5 or 6 area.

Example of footprint: The participant is currently working in a school in a category 4, 3 , 2 or 1 area and wouldn’t be normally be eligible for funding; however, because the participant’s school is part of a MAT or Diocese, and within that MAT / diocese there is at least one school in a category 5 or 6 area, the participant is therefore eligible for funding.


We will continue to accept full applications until Friday 16th October 2020.

Your launch Sessions will be delivered online via webinar and access to our online learning platform. We hope to deliver our outstanding residentials sessions face-to-face as per the dates below. 

Register today to commence your NPQ this year.    If you have any questions please contact us via

Please register here and we will forward you the full application pack.

2020 – 2021 Cohort Details are as follows:

Remote launch day will take place on Tuesday 7th July 2020  (Further remote launches planned for week commencing Monday 2nd November 2020)

Residential 1 – Tuesday 24th November to Wednesday 25th November 2020 (with Monday 23rd November accommodation also included*)

Residential 2 – Tuesday 23rd March to Wednesday 24th March 2021 (with Monday 22nd March accommodation also included*)

2019 – 2020 Cohort Details are as follows:

Launch day: Thursday 28th November 2019
Residential 1 – Tuesday 3rd March to Wednesday 4th March 2020 (with Monday 2nd March accommodation also included*)
Residential 2 – Tuesday 19th May and Wednesday 20th May 2020 (with Monday 18th May accommodation also included*)  – cancelled

NEW Dates for Residential 2 – Tuesday 15th September and Wednesday 16th September 2020 (with Monday 14th September also included*)

*As we continue to invest in our busy leaders, we have decided to offer a hotel room the night prior as well as during the Residentials. This is to ensure you are well rested, not stuck in traffic and begin the residential with the energy and enthusiasm the NPQEL requires.